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Ghetto Graffiti: VXL

Luis Rodriguez of 1376 South State Street in Ukiah had moved in and fixed the place all up for a small business venture. Having designed a sign inspired by a…

Privacy Protection for the Wine Gentry: Brutocao, Take 2

Last week the retrial of Mr. Chris Mulcahy got under way with some pretrial motions which set the tone for how the case will proceed. What it boiled down to…

A Question of Believability

For pure verve there’s nothing quite like calling a well-known cop a liar, especially a cop you know, a cop you've worked with when you were a prosecutor, a cop…

It Takes All Kinds

The title may be trite, but in Mendocino County during harvest time, cliché or not, we get ‘em all — and when it comes to the stupendously vaulting sense of…

Whippits & Highway Death

When a courthouse hack complains of a slow news week, it doesn’t mean nothing important happened. What it means is that all the drama that makes interesting reading happened behind…

Unlucky In Love

“It had been five years,” Mr. Long told the detectives, “five long years and more, I’d gone without it, without, totally without, I mean, ur, uh, ah — you know…

Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object

A Mendocino County Superior Court judge, once seated, becomes almost impossible to dislodge. The inertia of incumbency ossifies, as it were, into an immovable object. Or so it was thought…

Emerald Triangle Argonauts & Ecotopian Avatars

A curious cave north of Laytonville, off Spy Rock Road, must have held an “amazing acoustic effect” as the Special Agents of our trusty local Drug Task Force began tapping…

Courthouse Outtakes, 2014

The obligatory year-in-review highlights represent the staid thinking you get in journalism schools. To me, the idea of rehearsing old stories causes me to slump over my computer in a…

Old and In The Way

Last week Yuta Sakane was held to answer on charges of vandalism — crimes he committed the day before Thanksgiving against his own parents. Respect for one’s elders has long-since…

Because It’s Pink

For the past few decades California’s prison population has grown into something of an international scandal and three federal judges have ordered Governor Jerry Brown to do something about it.…

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